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Tracey Thorne British photographer in Trelawney, Jamaica

Tracey Thorne (British) documentary photographer and photographic artist




Tracey is a documentary photographer and photographic artist, who lives and works in Birmingham, UK. She was born in Cornwall, and grew up in a small rural mining community.  She has lived in Birmingham, since the late 1980s. In recent years Tracey has also built a substantial body of work internationally, in Jamaica, where she resided and worked for a significant period.


She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in English/History, and draws inspiration from historical narratives and cultural contexts in her artistic practice. Additionally, a Master's (MA) degree in Public Health often provides a unique lens through which she thinks about social issues and their impact on communities.

Artist Statement


Tracey works predominantly with digital photography and the cyanotype photographic process. Her image-making is bound up in her experiences of urban and rural spaces, exploring themes relating to place, visual culture, and collective memory. 

Her work frequently explores the textual layers found in specific locations where she uses photography to help evoke the feeling of place and understand the identity of those spaces and its material richness. The work often focuses on typography found in the landscape. She also continues to explore in her work issues relating to the human-altered landscape from centuries of extractive industries and environmental issues linked to climate change. More recently this has expanded to start to also think about the lasting legacies of British colonialisation on people, communities and the land. 

Tracey has a special interest in working with historical artifacts and found objects to uncover alternative or untold histories.

She has exhibited working in the UK since 2017 and recipient of numerous artist awards.  

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